Nike’s New Competition

Two weeks ago, in my last article, Beyoncé’s new clothing line Ivy Park hit the stores. Many people are battling between whether they like it or not.

One of the top selling pieces of Ivy Parks is the bodysuit. It was sold out and only available online in sizes extra-small to medium, according to Time.com. Beyoncé kept prices range from $15 to $235; EBay is trying to sell the clothing for two times the rate.

(The items on the right are from eBay and the items on the left are from Nordstrom)

Though Beyoncé isn’t getting as much light about her new apparel like her new album just out, some people love it. Just like anything else there are a few things people would like to see different, like bigger sizes.

Beyoncé’s clothing is suppose to be for the gym but many people don’t seem to think they are outfits they would take to the gym, or people don’t go to the gym in them.

Katie Sacco, a friend of mine, loves the new line. Only two pieces of clothing that she saw were a little too pricey but everything else was lounge and gym material. She even prefers it over Nike.

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Look out Nike you got competition.

Beyoncé Dropping Something Different

Queen Bey, also known as Beyoncé, does it again by making her own clothing line called, Ivy Park. Ivy Park was presented April 1 with her first clothing line that will be an active wear collection.

If you didn’t notice Ivy seems pretty familiar with Beyoncé from her baby girl, Blue Ivy and now her clothing line Ivy Park. She talks about how she came up with the name of her brand. She came up with the name by having her daughter a part of it and her favorite place where she knew she could escape to.

“We can all go there; we’re all welcomed. It’s anywhere we create for ourselves,” said Beyoncé in Elle magazine. “For me, it’s the place that my drive comes from. I think we all have that place we go to when we need to fight through something, set our goals and accomplish them.”Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 3.06.53 PM

The mission for Beyoncé was to make women feel powerful in her clothing and to show women that we need to focus on our mental health. We need to become more confident and that is what she is trying to show as she models her clothing.

Places like Topshop, Nordstrom, and Net-a-Porter will have Beyoncé’s collection this
week with reasonable prices ranging from $25 to $235.

Her clothes hit stores today.

Some of her workout clothing are leotards, now I won’t be wearing that to the gym but the sweat shirts and hats I may consider.

Tell me what you think of her new clothing line.

Domino’s is Changing the Delivery Game

Domino’s Pizza has a new expert in town. Their new car, DXP, is changing the delivery game before any other pizza franchise so you don’t get your pizza cold during the delivery. Domino’s new delivery car will have something like an oven to keep it warm. That’s crazy and a little scary.

Couldn’t that go wrong in many ways? Or, what if they Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 9.46.25 AMgot into an accident?

This new vehicle is equipped with only one seat in the whole car. The rest is made for all the possible orders someone could want, from sides, sodas, and up to 80 pizzas. They might as well make them in the car too instead of having to drive back and forth. That’s probably what they are working on now!

There are currently 97 of these models being made and on the roads. With a lot of research behind the work, for all types of weather, they look to get more off the line and into the communities by the end of the year.

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Sprint vs. Verizon

Cell phone companies have always gone after each other in a friendly kind of way, but this time it gets a little personal. In Verizon’s new commercial, Ricky Garvais goes after Sprint’s map. He shows the map that you see in almost every cell phone network commercial, but in this commercial it looks at the fine print.

The cell phone networks seem to all use the same map. When Ricky looks at the fine print he magnifies the fact that at the bottom of the map it says, “map is not depiction of coverage.” I have to agree with Ricky, what’s the point of the map then? But that is to all the companies that use the maps, not just Sprint.

Ricky Gervais, through the commercial, makes fun of Sprint’s hometown, Kansas City. Missouri or Kansas? He didn’t specifically say Sprint but since their headquarters are in Kansas City, Kansas it was easy to depict. By not defining which state he meant caused an uproar of angry costumers and an angry CEO Marcelo Claure.

Claure gets mad because Ricky makes it seem like Kansas City is irrelevant. Verizon seems to not research and know that there are two different Kansas City’s so he is picking out two areas that people take pride in.

“People take a lot of pride in their city here,” Claure said, according to USA Today.

The law says that you “shouldn’t” say that you have 100 percent coverage, but tell me what cell phone company that doesn’t use the map? If you’re going to call out another company you would think you would make sure you don’t do it too.

Verizon has been sued before for false advertisement. Back in 2009, AT&T sued Verizon for demonstrating on a map that AT&T doesn’t reach a lot of places wireless. So what is the line for going after different cell phone towers to make them look better? Isn’t that an ethical issue to their customers?

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False Advertisement by Verizon in 2009. 

With another mistake from Verizon this has made people tell their own opinions about Verizon. Clearly they aren’t as good as they say either.

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At least for Sprint they are getting free publicity from Verizon’s expensive campaign.

Happy Belated 75th Birthday

HEY! WE MISSED A VERY IMPORTANT BIRTHDAY!

On March 1st M&M’s turned a big 75! Throughout this year, M&M’s will be reverting back to 12 different retro packaging that was used back 75 years ago when the creation of the M&M was brought to market.

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They want you tell everybody, says the new commercial celebrating the company. In this commercial the “Candy Man” is sung by Zedd and Aloe Blacc showing the progression of the quality and creativeness of the television commercials. Zedd and Blacc have put their own spin on the theme song to entice the younger demographics.

 

M&M also has created a hashtag #CelebrateWithM for consumers to use during the year. Becoming very active on social media and other social outlets have proven to be good for business.   Use the hashtag to see which retro commercials M&M will re-introduce to the general public.

Happy belated birthday M&M’s, keep doing what you’re doing. Looking forward to another 75 years and keeping M&M’s dissolving in our mouths not our hands.

Fund For a Cause

The month of March has two big events that college kids live for each year, spring break and March Madness.  Spring break is the season when many college students start to head down south to nicer weather or to an island to escape from the stress, anxiety and responsibility of school.

In a previous blog, I talked about the GoFundMe website. Unfortunately, people are starting to post requests that are absurd and take away from the true purpose of the website. My GoFundMe blog mentioned Kanye West’s $53M debt. People actually donated to help him get out his debt crisis.  Now students have caught on and are going to great lengths to solicit generous people to donate their spring break experience.

On February 5th, Braxton Lee Johnson and many others have started a GoFundMe page for people to donate to their desires to participate in a spring break experience. Unfortunately, for Braxton Lee, it didn’t work out for him. Shouldn’t GoFundMe have limitations and regulations on what you are trying to raise money for?

No, how about you do this.

I AGREE!

There are those causes out there that are in serious need of financial help. For example, many people have illnesses that they cannot afford to have done to make them healthy again. Why not donate to them so they can work on living a healthy and happy life? And to not drown in medical bills. No one wants to spend their time sick or in a hospital. I know I don’t. The site shouldn’t be used for people to who are looking to cross off “bucket list” items at someone else’s expense.

What happened to people working hard for their money and making it their own way? Today, too many people rely on others to pay for things they want instead of going out and making the money themselves.

Shamrock vs. Clover

Guinness got the shamrock wrong.

You might already know the difference, but for those that don’t know the difference between a clover and a shamrock, they may look the same but they are not the same especially for St. Patty’s Day. The clover usually is known to have four leafs and the shamrock is the true Ireland symbol. It strictly has three leaves.

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An ad on Toronto’s subway system shows the Canadian leaf for the March 16th foliage the day before St. Patty’s, and then next to it is a four-leaf clover. People were really shocked that of all brands to get the shamrock wrong was Guinness, an Irish dry stout beer that originated in Dublin.

Gareth O’Connell was the one that told DailyEdge.ie. Guinness was very fast to respond and got the sign taken down right away and apologized for the mistake. “It was in the excitement of getting ready for next week.”

The way Guinness handled everything is how it should be when there is a mistake. This is a holiday where everyone is Irish today and a lot of people drink a lot. About 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed for St. Patrick’s Day so Guinness wants to make sure that they don’t offend or piss off their customers by their advertisement.

Pancakes For Free

Over the past few years, it seems that every day stands for something. Tuesday was “National Pancake Day” at IHOP and people loved it. From 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, people came in to eat pancakes at IHOP for a good cause. It seems that the college age demographic group is the most attracted to the restaurants that host these “special” meaningful days.

This day wasn’t just for IHOP to get more business on this particular day, but it was their opportunity to give back to the people in need in our surrounding communities. IHOP’s chosen charities is the Children’s Miracle Network. This trend for IHOP started in 2006 and has raised more than 20 million ever since. How awesome?

Children’s Miracle Network has helped kids with various diseases, cancers, injuries and other afflictions that children are exposed too. Kids shouldn’t have to worry about living or dying and it has become IHOP’s mission to help in those causes. I hope everyone went to IHOP and donated even a little. Every penny counts.

5 Investments That Helped Kanye Go Into Debt

From my previous post, I decided to look into what else could be causing Kanye to go into debt. Here are the top 5 investments that could have been done at a lower cost:

  1. Kim’s Engagement Ring – Kanye popped the question back in Oct. 2013. According to E! News, celebrity jewelry designer, Michael O’Connor and Lorraine Schwartz estimate the ring cost around $2 to $3 million.

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2. Kim’s Surprise Birthday Party – Kanye threw Kim a surprise party renting out a movie theater, Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas to see Steve Jobs. It was a pregnant birthday party where many people pretended to also be pregnant. The theater is known as the best luxury cinemas in California. This party was estimated to be than $5,000.

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Being a celebrity you can spend whatever you want, but you can always bring it down a notch and save money. Ever think of that Kanye?

This next investment shocked me.

3. Kanye’s Hair Cuts – Kanye is very particular about his hair, maybe a little too particular. Kanye gets it cut every day but it doesn’t come at a low cost like what most people would pay for. Rhianna’s father, Ronald Fenty, was on tour with Kanye back in 2010 says in an interview that Kanye spends $500 every day to get his haircut. If he does that every day he is spending around $182,500 a year on just hair cuts! What is there to cut after a day?

4. Yeezy Clothing Line – From my last post you can see that Yeezy clothing line is not going too well. As it is seen and known to look like a homeless person’s clothing line and yet Kanye still keeps investing. The clothing line has put him $16 million in debt since last year.

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5. Fashion Show – Just a few weeks ago Kanye held a fashion show in Madison Square Garden for his clothing line. It is reported that Kanye spent close to $2 million.

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How about changing your habits Kanye? Clearly, you need to stop spending money like it’s nothing.

 

Homeless or Yeezy – Can’t Tell

Kanye’s debt began to escalate when he started his clothing line, Yeezy. It hasn’t done well in the apparel market and many consumers believe it’s the worst clothing line ever. Not to mention the fact that it is extremely overpriced. Some of his clothing prices reach upwards of $1,500. That’s outrageous! Whatever cost that much, better put me on the Red Carpet or make me famous just wearing the clothing itself.

His clothing line has been in the developmental process for over 15 years and now has put him into a multi-million dollar debt situation. That’s a lot more debt than most, but since his clothing line isn’t attracting those high-end shoppers it was targeting, it isn’t pulling in the profit he was hoping.

 

In a recent social media rant by Kanye West, he went on about being some $53 million in debt. Recently, a fan set up a “Go Fund Me” page for Kanye to get out of debt. Go Fund Me is a website where people can contribute to others in large or small increments of payments, this source is known as crowdfunding. If there is anyone in the world that needs a Go Fund Me Page, it isn’t Kanye. Given the fact that he is married to a Kardashian, no one should have pity on him or Kim. Let the Kardashian’s bail him out.

The clothing isn’t flashy either, many are claiming it looks like an outfit homeless people are able to put together.

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Ellen Degeneres makes the point that other people would greatly appreciate someone setting up a Go Fund Me page. I know I would. It just seems ridiculous to do that for a celebrity and really wonder why people would spend their own money and give it to celebrities like they aren’t making enough already.

Thankfully, Kanye will not be accepting the money from the Go Fund Me page. It will go to a non-profit organization called Notes for Notes. This organization provides musical equipment to young children and allows them to book studio time to encourage their love of music and to become the next great musicians of the future. The charity will receive around $7,000, and those who contributed money thinking it would be going to Kanye will get a full refund if they aren’t interested in contributing to today’s young musicians.

I’ll support children working towards and achieve their goals and dreams, but not Kanye’s. Who will you fund?